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Thursday, April 18th, 2019
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS SEMI-FINAL MATCHUPS OF THE 2019 HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP THIS WEEKEND
Saracens to Square Off Against Munster Rugby Saturday on NBCSN at 12:30 p.m. ET
Defending Champions Cup Champions Leinster Face Toulouse Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Both Champions Cup Matches to Stream Live on NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports’ Direct-to-Consumer Live Streaming Product
2019 Six Nations Rugby Viewership on NBCSN Up 23% vs. 2018
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 18, 2019 – NBC Sports presents the semi-finals of the 2019 Heineken Champions Cup this weekend on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, as two teams will advance to the Champions Cup final in May.
Saturday’s coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN when Saracens face Munster Rugby at Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England. Coverage continues at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN when defending Heineken Champions Cup champions Leinster Rugby host Toulouse at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.
NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product – will provide live streaming coverage of Saracens v. Munster Rugby on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET and coverage of Leinster Rugby v. Toulouse on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. ET. Both matches will stream live, commercial-free and on-demand on NBC Sports Gold. Click here to purchase NBC Sports Gold’s Rugby Pass.
NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey will anchor studio coverage alongside former Premiership Rugby players Alex Corbisiero (analyst), and Dan Lyle (analyst).
The annual tournament, which has been played since 1995, consists of 20 teams who play in countries whose national teams participate in the Guinness Six Nations Championship (England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales).
2019 SIX NATIONS RUGBY VIEWERSHIP ON NBCSN UP 23% VS. 2018
Viewership of NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2019 Six Nations Rugby Championship on NBCSN was up 23% vs. 2018, reaching over 4.1 million unique viewers. NBCSN’s 14 premiere Six Nations Rugby telecasts in 2019 posted 124,000 average viewers, up +16% from last year.
The Round Two Scotland-Ireland match on Saturday, Feb, 9 on NBCSN averaged 183,000 viewers to rank as the network’s most-watched Six Nations match to date, while the Round Three Italy-Ireland match on Sunday, Feb. 24 on NBCSN averaged 173,000 viewers to tie as the second most-watched Six Nations telecast on the network.
SARACENS V. MUNSTER RUGBY– SATURDAY AT 10 A.M. ET ON NBC SPORTS GOLD; 12:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Saracens soundly defeated Glasgow Warriors 56-27 in the quarterfinals, and Munster Rugby reached their record 14th Champions Cup semi-final by edging out Edinburgh 17-13. This marks the second time in three years that Saracens and Munster will meet in the semi-finals. Saracens defeated Munster by a score of 26-10 in 2017.
LEINSTER RUGBY V. TOULOUSE– SUNDAY AT 10:15 A.M. ET ON NBC SPORTS GOLD; 3 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Last month, defending champions Leinster defeated Ulster Rugby 21-18 in the quarter-finals, and Toulouse came away with a narrow 22-21 victory against Racing 92. Both teams have four European Rugby Champions Cups, and hope to become the first team to ever win five such titles. The teams faced each other twice earlier in the competition, with Toulouse winning 28-27 in October and Leinster proving victorious by a score of 29-13 in January.
Following is this weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final matches on NBC Sports Gold and NBCSN. Click here for more information.
|Sat., April 20||Saracens v. Munster Rugby||10 a.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|Saracens v. Munster Rugby*||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., April 21||Leinster Rugby v. Toulouse||10:15 a.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|Leinster Rugby v. Toulouse*||3 p.m.||NBCSN|
European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) is the organiser of the European Rugby Champions Cup, the European Rugby Challenge Cup and the European Rugby Continental Shield with the stated mission of creating outstanding rugby experiences for all touched by its competitions.
Established in 2014 with headquarters in Switzerland, EPCR has the following shareholders: Federation Francaise de Rugby (FFR), Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR), Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), Rugby Football Union (RFU), Scottish Rugby, Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR), Premiership Rugby (PRL) and Pro Rugby Wales.
The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup feature clubs which have qualified on merit from their respective domestic leagues – the Gallagher Premiership, the TOP 14 and the Guinness PRO14, with the latter also featuring two qualifiers from the Continental Shield.
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